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Appeal Backfires

A man was sentenced to two years imprisonment after appealing his earlier sentence for dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. For count one Sakuisa Bulivorovoro,
20 Dec 2014 13:23
Appeal Backfires

A man was sentenced to two years imprisonment after appealing his earlier sentence for dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

For count one Sakuisa Bulivorovoro, on June 26, 2009 at Khalsa Road, Nasinu, drove a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner which caused the death of one Ateca Katonivere. For count two, he drove a motor vehicle in a manner which caused grievous bodily harm to Joseph Vavalagi.

He earlier pleaded not guilty when the case was called for plea in 2010.

The accused had taken the life of a 13-year-old girl and hurt her brother while they were on their way to school.

The accused, in his attempt to overtake another vehicle, lost control of his vehicle and bumped both of them. The girl died immediately while her brother sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital.

He was sentenced on February 7, 2014 to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years for the first count, fined $200 and disqualified from driving for three months.

While delivering his judgment and sentencing Justice Paul Madigan said the sentences were extremely lenient taking into account the seriousness of the offence.

He quashed the earlier sentence and gave him a fresh sentence.

He started off with three years for count one but reduced it to two years since the accused entered a guilty plea although not in the first offence. Justice Madigan passed the same sentence for count two as well.

The sentences are to be served concurrently. The accused was earlier disqualified from driving for three months however Justice Madigan added a further period of six months to commence on the day he was released from prison.

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